Inspired by the Dance of Life: unique jewellery design from Cork, with South American flair.
Argentinian-born jeweller Cintia Hippener’s love affair with precious metals began not in her birthplace of Buenos Aires, but in Cork, when a chance encounter with a figure steeped in the history of Cork silverware led to an apprenticeship.
Chris Carroll of Seán Carroll and Sons Jewellers has a family history leading back to the renowned Egan Jewellers, Cork’s best-known silversmiths for 160 years. In Chris’ workshop, you will find tools and equipment bought from the Egans when they finally shut up shop in the eighties.
Cintia first arrived in Cork in 2007, after a period of travel.
“I met Chris in 2011,” Cintia explains. “He offered me a place to learn jewellery-making and silversmithing at his workshop, alongside an amazing team of talented jewellers.”
Before this, Cintia had made beaded jewellery to sell at craft markets, but the exciting landscape of possibilities that opened up to her when she began to work in metals and precious stones is now the creative realm in which she dwells.
Cintia has been a dancer since childhood and her unique artisan collections are frequently inspired by dance, and movement, as well as nature, Celtic folklore and mythology.
The dance of life is omnipresent in her work, and she loves to work on personalised commissions that she knows will be passed from generation to generation.
“My main aim is to create beautiful, timeless pieces, ensuring each is unique,” she says.
While she brings an abundance of Argentinian flair to her work, it’s all 100% Made in Cork, now her permanent home: she lives in Cork city with her Irish husband and their little boy.
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